Amaszonas Linea Aerea (La Paz, Bolivia) is making a big move. The small regional airline from Bolivia has agreed to acquire the Air Operators Certificate (AOC) of grounded BQB Lineas Aereas (Montevideo) according to this report by our partner Argentina Airline News, Photography & Spotting.
Above Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Amaszonas Linea Aerea). BQB’s ATR ATR 72-212A (marketed as the ATR 72-500) CX-JPL (msn 816) is pictured at Buenos Aires (Aeroparque Jorge Newbery).
Under the agreed plan, Amaszonas would initially lease the three BQB ATR 72-212As (above) of BQB and restore operations starting on May 4 to Buenos Aires (Aeroparque) and Asuncion pending all approvals. BQB suspended operations on April 11.
BQB aircraft slide show:
Amaszonas currently operates a fleet of Bombardier (Canadair) CRJ200 regional jets (above). Eventually it would replace the ATR 72s with more CRJ200s.
BQB Lineas Aereas (Montevideo) has announced it will suspend operations on April 11. The airline commenced domestic and later regional operations in May 2010 as a subsidiary of ferry operator Buquebus. The airline is seeking additional investors and plans to resume operations.
The airline was operating two ATR 72-500s at the shutdown.
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Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/AirlinersGallery.com. BQB Lineas Aereas ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) CX-LFL (msn 570) is pictured at the downtown Aeroparque Jorge Newbery Airport in Buenos Aires.
BQB aircraft slide show:
Video: The airline previously operated the Airbus A319:
BQB Lineas Aereas (Punta del Este and Montevideo, Uruguay) has been quietly filling the void left by the demise of Pluna Lineas Aereas Uruguayas in Montevideo since the failure on July 5, 2012. The airline, sensing an opportunity, leased in Airbus A320-214 EC-LLJ (msn 4661) from Vueling Airlines (in Vueling colors, with BQB titles) on November 28, 2013. The carrier now serves eight routes from the capital, probably dashing the hopes of reviving a new employee-lead version of Pluna. Seasonal service from Montevideo was started on December 14 to Florianapolis, Brazil. On the following day, service to Santiago, Chile was started according Anna Aero.
Copyright Photo: Robbie Shaw/AirlinersGallery.com. BQB assigns the ATR 72 on regional routes from Montevideo including Curitiba, Rivera and Salto. ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) CX-JCL (msn 805) taxies at Buenos Aires (Aeroparque Jorge Newbery).
BQB Lineas Aereas:
Video: The leased Vueling Airlines Airbus A320 arrives in Montevideo:
Copyright Photo: Alejandro Hdez Leon. 68-seat ATR 72-212A (ATR72-500) CX-JCL (msn 805) passed through Gran Canaria on February 10 on delivery.
BQB Lineas Aereas (Montevideo) is new airline in Uruguay owned by the owner of Buquebus, Juan Carlos Lopez Ore. The new project is awaiting its AOC but it intends to start scheduled operations in either April or May. The initial routes will connect Montevideo with Punta del Este, Buenos Aires (Aeroparque), Rosario and Cordova, Salto and Porto Alegre with two ATR 72s.